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  1. 17 points
    dayvid

    May catches

    Its not often I put photos here but here are a couple from the latter part of the week .
  2. 15 points
    smufter

    May catches

    First fish out of White Cottage for ages this morning. 30lb on the nose. ABS Plan b again
  3. 15 points
    emmcee

    April catch reports

    Had this 36lb 08oz mirror earlier today, the biggest of 5 fish today. Gone quiet now though.
  4. 14 points
    muftyboy

    June Catches

    had my 1st fish out of the secret lake about an hour ago. A few fish were breaking the surface so cast to them , within 5 minutes it tore off.
  5. 14 points
    yonny

    May catches

    Best of a 2 fish catch on my one day session of the spring on a reasonably low stock res. Buzzing with that.
  6. 14 points
    I’m absolutely buzzing with this one!! Couldn’t find a spot for this rod in a new swim, so decided to bang a bare lead over to the far margin on a whim. It goes down with an almighty crack. Gravel found. After a little less about the spot is surrounded by a wall of weed 4-5ft high and dense. A mix of parrots feather and Canadian. A 1 inch chod was the best way of presenting on here at the range with the crosswind. It took 10 casts but I was finally happy with it. Half a kilo of boilies sticked out and time for a beer. I never expected anything from this rod but just as the light was going it pulled up tight. I lifted in to it to find it had weeded itself solid instantly. 5 mins of constant pressure with the rod at full compression and it longs free and the weedbed starts moving. The fish frees itself now it’s on the surface some way out. (Thank god for high banks behind me) it decides to do the same in the next two weedbeds between me and the spot but soon I’m leading it in whilst in the waders. I assumed it was a large tench from the pretty uneventful fight. A ball of weed caught on the leader knot appeared and I went to strip it off when I see a carp swim past my feet with my pop up blowing out it’s mouth. Immediately going to a bag of nerves I quickly rip the weed away as it goes off on a powerful surge back out in to the lake. A bit more angry antics from the fish and it was in the net. I let out a huge YEEEESSS as I looked down at a lovely dark fish. A celebratory beer sprayed around the swim as one of, estimated 8-10 fish in 5 acres, is in my net. 26.12lb of unreal common carp, but weight is irrelevant. It’s the history of the fish that means everything. My third from the lake (I had two last year), all different fish too.
  7. 13 points
    muftyboy

    July catches.

    Back down this evening with the float rod.
  8. 13 points
    Dave Hedgehog

    May catches

    Managed this lovely one on Monday night. 22lb and stunning scale patterns. Caught early at 6.30ish then just one pesky tench. Lovely fish and a great nights sleep. Success for a school night!
  9. 13 points
    emmcee

    May catches

    Biggest of 3 fish so far at 28lb 14oz.
  10. 13 points
    yonny

    Flavour of the Week - Mainline

    I see a lot of confusion over mainlines. Guys seem to compare lines that are intended for completely different uses. There are numerous different types of lines and each have different advantages/disadvantages, and I'm only referring to mono here.... not fluoro, braid etc..... Pre-stretched lines: These are your casting lines like Fox Exocet. They obviously have very low stretch and fine diameter vs. BS and they have a super smooth finish. The result is a line that casts really well. Unfortunately the abrasion resistance is what suffers. Hence in a weedy lake you want to avoid pre-stretched lines. Semi-stretched lines (I made that name up, not sure what they're actually called): These are the latest in line tech and include Gardner GT-HD and Shimano Technium. They are pre-stretched but to a lesser extent than the casting lines. This means they cast very well but maintain other qualities (so they can sink well for example). They beat the pre-stretched lines for abrasion resistance yet still cast a long way. All-rounders: These are the more traditional mono's, the meat-and-two-veg carp lines. they include stuff like Gardner Pro and ESP Synchro. Just because they're not high tech lines doesn't mean they're not very good indeed. They'll not cast as well as the stretched lines but they are hands-down stronger, with better abrasion resistance. If weed is an issue I'd not look past this group of lines. Snag lines: Brute lines, thick with immense strength and serious abrasion resistance. You'll struggle to cast these past 100 yards without casting lessons but if there's snags about this is what you want. Stuff like Gardner HydroTuff and Rig Marole SLS Specimon Tough. ***** Now I see guys comparing lines from different categories all the time. Just the other day I saw a thread on another forum asking if GT-HD or HydrTuff was best. They cannot be compared imo - the GT-HD would be best in a lightly weeded lake requiring big chucks, but with snags or heavy weed in the water the HydroTuff wins hands down. Therefore you can only decide what is best for your angling situation. You need to look at how far you need to cast and what kind of challenges your water presents (weed, bars etc) and choose a line to suit. I always err on the side of caution i.e. STRENGTH. What I mean by that is I would rather be a few yards short of the carp and be in with a chance of landing them, than being able to cast on their heads but lose them all to snags/weed. I have used pre-stretched lines on French trips to huge silty waters with no weed/snags, waters where you need to cast 150, and they've been great. But there is no way I'd choose to use them on the weed choked waters I fish in the UK. I think a lot of guys pay to much attention to castability. If you need to cast 150 then fair play, go for pre-stretched lines, if you don't (and most don't), go for a proper carp line, an all-rounder or semi-stretched line at least, one that will land you everything you hook. So next time you see a "what's the best line?" thread we need to stop and think before we go shouting out the name of what we're currently using. What is best depends entirely on the individual and his/her angling situation. If the angling situation varies, then it is logical that the all-rounders are best (the best of which imo is Gardner Pro). I'm currently suing HydroTuff due to a minimum diameter rule on my syndi, which is normally very weedy. It's been great, never let me down.
  11. 13 points
    On Saturday I managed to get out for an impromptu overnighter which turned out to be a right laugh. Drove down to my syndi on Sat afternoon, mainly to say hello/congratulate a mate who landed something very special on Friday. Wasn't too excited tbh as I was convinced on the busiest night of the week there'd be no chance I'd get on fish. Had a wander round and couldn't find much to fish for, not looking good. Was chatting to a fellow member and saw a lovely big common nut out in the swim next to him. I had a quick peek down the bank and matey in the swim had his stuff on his barrow. Legged it down there, had a chat, he's just leaving. Result - and I'm in a good mood all of a sudden. I wait for matey to leave and get my gear round there sharpish. I know the swim well and have an area in mind, not far from where the common showed. Out comes the spod and I load it up..... 4 or 5 kg on the deck which might sound a little excessive for an overnighter but for some reason I'm thinking they're gonna get right on it. With the baiting done I go and see my mate way over the other side to congratulate him on his capture. We chill out and have a beer and he points out where my spot is from here. Over the next hour we see a number of carp directly between us and it's looking promising. Eventually I see one show quite close to my spot which is the sign it's time to get back to my swim. The rods are already baited/clipped up ready to go. Just as the light is fading, out they go - plop, plop, plop. I chat to a mate in the next swim and don't really see much so I end up getting an early night. At about 1 am I get up for a wee and have a quick cuppa just to listen for carp when the lake is at it's quietest. Over the course of an hour I hear several fish breaking the surface. It's tricky to tell where they are but they can't be that far away so now I'm mega, mega confident. Back to bed. As we approach dawn I'm woken by a liner on the middle rod. I turn on my side and watch intently as the sun prepares to breach the horizon. Ten minutes later and I get a tiny drop back, again on the middle rod. I'm out of the bag and just putting my waders on when it absolutely rips off. Game on. The fight is immense, a proper tug-of-war with the fish kiting left, right, all over the place. It takes me a long time to get it anywhere near me but when I do I see it's quite a big fish, so I turn the head torch on for netting, don't want to screw this one up. As it surfaces I see it's a big grey common and I'm pretty sure I know which one. It goes over the cord and into the folds and I have a better look at it, it is indeed the one I thought. I secure the net, get the rod back out and make a cup of tea and a roll up. I look over at the spot and a carp sticks its head out bang on the money, this is looking awesome. Then the right hand rod rips off! I get the waders back on but by the time I get to the rod (literally 5 or 10 seconds) the bobbin has dropped back and is swinging in the wind. I hit it and there's nothing there, no carp, no lead, just a rig. I've been well and truly done, big time. I still have 2 rods on the spot so leave this one out for now. Matey from next door pops over to do the photos of the common and it's weighed at 33 lb, not quite as big as I expected but I'm certainly not complaining. It's an unusual colour for a Nene Valley common, all silvers and greys. The length is impressive but you can tell there's room in the belly for several more pounds at the right time of year. We put her back and I relax, happy that I've caught a big old common, but annoyed about the missed take. With the rods on the right and in the middle having been picked up I'm now thinking how awesome it would be if the left hand rod did a bite. An hour later and I haven't seen much but I'm still confident. Matey from next door is with me and we're drinking tea and chatting when the left hand rod let's out a bleep. I walk over to it and there's a tiny drop back, similar to the first take. There's then a tiny lift, so I stare intensely at the rod tip. I see it nod once and the line lifts slightly as it enters the water. That'll do me i think as I lift the rod and bend into what is clearly a fish. Not just any fish either, as the resistance on the end of the line suggests it's another decent carp. This fight is completely different, it doesn't really want to do anything other than just stay put some 60 yards away, almost like it's locked up in weed but it's not. Eventually I get it moving and it head over to my right and I begin to get worried it's heading for a snag I'm aware of. I clamp down and turn it and it goes through my other lines. Luckily my buddy is on hand to lift, lower, and weave the rods around, and eventually I net the fish. I recognise the fish, a long sparsely scaled mirror with a pretty little birth mark on its shoulder. I've seen pics of this carp before and have to say I'd not really been too fussed with it, I thought it looked a bit plain, but now it's in the net I'm absolutely blown away by its INCREDIBLE colour! We get her out and the colour and condition of this fish is just mental, its back is a rich dark brown, like a conker, and its flanks are a ruby red wooden/copper colour. It is in absolutely perfect nick, like a brand new penny, it's long and lean and just about as pukka as carp come. We weigh the fish at 31.08 and get some really nice photos before putting it back and watching it swim away strongly. What a result. By now it's gone 8 am. I'm hoping for one more bite but I'm pretty sure I've been cleaned out and they've down the off. I pack up with a big old smile on my face and am in a great mood on the drive home. Overnighters can be hard work when you can't get on fish or worse, have to leave when you're on fish at bite time. A brace of thirties reminds why I do them though - sometimes you just have to keep the faith. I have a proper session this weekend and I'm buzzing for it!
  12. 13 points
    muftyboy

    August catch reports.....

    26lb 8oz pb common this morning.
  13. 12 points
    muftyboy

    April catch reports

    Had a couple of hours yesterday evening, freelining prawn a couple of feet from the bank. 2 perch and 3 carp landed.
  14. 12 points
    Dave Hedgehog

    April catch reports

    So this just happened... not a great pic but it’s just off the phone. 29lb6oz
  15. 11 points
    emmcee

    May catches

    Popped into my lake after work today knowing where the fish would be in these conditions which resulted in this 23lb 12oz mirror
  16. 11 points
    Ginger9991

    May catches

    Two weeks left on the ticket and I finally caught a grass carp. 15.6lb on one other in there and that's 27lb. Backed up with a couple 20's from the margin
  17. 11 points
    muftyboy

    April catch reports

    Good evening so far.
  18. 11 points
    emmcee

    March catch reports.

    I've just commited a school boy error. First fish of the year and my remote battery has died. So a mat shot. 26lb 12oz mirror.
  19. 11 points
    commonly

    February catch (baby) report

    Thank you gentlemen for all your best wishes. 12.30pm,my grandson was born at 6lb 7oz. Mum is in recovery, but doing OK.
  20. 11 points
    chillfactor

    Your favourite capture

    Nothing better mate, been taking my boy since before he could walk . Slowly progressed him to bigger fish the last two fish were caught on our first over nighter together, I had also took his older cousin with us . He had gone to bed a bit down as his cousin had caught a couple during the day & he hadn't had a bite lol .. his rod screams off at 1 am & there's no waking him no matter how hard we tried so his cousin landed that one too , anyway he stuck with it the next day & got his rewards . Very proud Dad x
  21. 11 points
    muftyboy

    December catch reports.

    I'll start it off this month if I may. It started raining when we got to the car park Saturday morning and didn't stop till about 5am this morning. Managed about a dozen perch. The biggest being 2lb 2oz. Had a lovely common about 2,30am around the 20lb Mark, no photos or weighing as it was absolutely hammering down. Then about half hour before I was due to leave I saw a nice mirror having a good old splash about , reeled in , put on a stick and cast straight out on top of it. 10 mins later a 28lb mirror . Happy days. He didn't want his photo taken at 1st. 😆
  22. 11 points
  23. 11 points
    I pulled this from a group I follow...………. Just brilliant..
  24. 11 points
    I stopped off at the lake on my way home from work on Tuesday. Found some bubbling away on my prebaited spot, so grabbed a rod out the van and chucked one out. Within 30 minutes of driving through the gate, I had found some fish, caught one, packed back up, done my walk around and drove back out!!
  25. 11 points
    snowmanstevo

    July Catch Reports

    So after what seems like an age since i had a decent fish i finally ended the drought last night. Did an afterwork 4 hour session which I nearly didn’t bother with due to the bright and scorching conditions. Finished work around 4.45 and joined usually rush hour traffic,my 25minute journey taking just under an hour. Hold-all,chair,bucket and rucksack I took a walk round a little water that has just become available to me duing to our club closing all our river stretches due to the weather. There was only one other angler on so after a quick chat I went up the far end out of his was as he was on for 48hrs and didn’t want to spoil his chances . I’d fished on overnighter last wk end there for a blank the story of my last 2 months to be honest,even tho I was happy with my fishing and knew I was doing all the right things I just couldn’t buy a bite ! So 2 rigs cast out one on a large bag of pellets and chops the other on a 6 bait halibut stringer with the hookbaits wrapped in paste. Stringer to the island the bag in between the 2 islands it was time for a brew and a butty after a long hot day in Work. With no wind and bright hot sun i knew if I was to have a chance it would be dusk so sat back and topped me tan up. There was plenty of swirls appearing from mooching carp around both islands and given that I’d not caught anything to put a bend in the rod i thought I’d have a go on a zig for a bit. As I’ve said I’m new to this water so wasn’t sure about the stock of carp in there I knew there was a few cats up to 40 in there but the only carp I saw was doubles,but that would do me. I rummaged around in my bucket and ended up with a 4ft zig with a white avid tic tac a size 10 Korda Kurv shank (I didn’t even know I had them) and some drennan hooklength id bought for barbel in 8lb 10oz....... ample for the fish I’d seen mooching around. I spent an hr doing a few casts around trying to pick off fish but to no avail so plopped a cast 4ft off the island and kettle on. By now the sun was starting to go down and a small ripple on the water started to get the fish moving a bit. I’d just took a sip of my brew when the indicator dropped to the floor I thought ooohhhh that’s a bite ! In picked the rod up into a fish that didn’t really know what was happening and I thought yes a nice little carp. It then turned and slowly made its way to the other island and as I bent into it more it started to feel more like a lump. Given I had a smallish hook and hooklength I slacked off the clutch a bit and for around a minute it just plodded up and down. Right I thought let’s give it some pressure and held the clutch as I put a healthy bend in the rod,big mistake ! All hell broke lose as the fish woke up and darted for the back of the island. Twice it took me round it and twice I coaxed it out,all the time all I could think about was my tiny hook and hooklength. After 20 minutes I finally gained enough line to get it into open water for it to undo all my good work and go round the other island. After 40minutes I had it in front of me and i started to give it a little bully as I was confident of landing it by then. The hook was doing it’s job and if it was going to snap me I reasoned it would of done by now. I went in with the net waded out a bit and with the rod arched scooped up my prize. YES a fish at last I peered down to see the fat head of a catfish. 45 minutes it took to come in and the hookbait and hook looked tiny in its massive gob. Another angler came and help weigh and do the pics and after 10mins resting up it kicked it’s tail in defiance as it swam away strongly. I sat there feeling elated,at no point during the fight was I in control but I was chuffed to have landed it. I looked down and seen my freshly made cup of tea and took a big gulp,it was cold,it didn’t matter. A PB catfish for me at 28,3 and I was over the moon. I didn’t even re cast I wound my other rod in made a fresh brew and packed my bits away. And to think I wasn’t even going to bother to go,I’m so glad I did. 😬
  26. 10 points
    finchey

    July catches.

    I had a day session on my local club lake. I worked Monday night and went straight from work at 4am. I had three fish. 8lb,9lb and a new pb 14lb 8oz, well chuffed. Both side's. 😁😁😁
  27. 10 points
    yonny

    May catches

    The mirror.
  28. 10 points
    760

    May catches

    Fantastic few day's at a new water for us, biggest 24lbs9oz
  29. 10 points
    salokcinnodrog

    How easy? What risk?

    I've had things going through my head today, and I mentioned 'lifesaver' in my facebook capture post, but that doesn't really cover all. I had just netted a double figure carp for my mate. As he got up to come round for pictures, he slipped or fell like poleaxed straight into the lake. The lake owner and I jumped in to get him out as he surfaced. My mate is a man mountain, 22stone, so we dragged Dave to the bank. At some point he must have breathed in some water, so while trying to get him into recovery, still in the water up to our thighs, I had to give him cpr, which the position we were in, the only option was to thump him in the chest, once, as hard as I could. He then started fitting and snorting while breathing. Somehow while this was going on I managed call emergency services, who stayed on the line until help arrived. It took 5 of us to get Dave onto the bank. Thank you to the paramedics, especially Zoe, first there who jumped in herself to help, to the fire brigade, and the other two anglers. The last I saw of Dave was being taken away in an ambulance. Please get well soon Mate, I hope you recover fully. As an add, somewhere in that lot, I did also manage to tip the fish back alive, quite possibly as I was getting out of the water after getting Dave out. As an addition to this, please don't think I am angling for praise. I did what anyone else would have done. I didn't think, I did it, my Mate. The important parts of my post were how easy it is for an accident to happen, a slip or trip, and it could be curtains. The second part is Thank you to all of the emergency services personnel who helped when needed. I have no idea how long it took for them to arrive, but it was quick, at an out of the way address. Thank you to the ambulance operator on the end of the phone line, who could hear everything going on, and gave advice and help when needed.
  30. 10 points
    snowmanstevo

    April catch reports

    Went Saturday to my local club water for the day,managed one on a cold day had all my thermals on in the morning sunbathing in the afternoon 🙄 My mate got amongst them ended up with 3. The place was rammed so happy with this one,and gave my groundhog an outing,got it for £75 on a Black Friday deal it seems to be good lovely for a summer overnighter.
  31. 10 points
    Highy

    April catch reports

    11.30pm...1st Carp of 2019...and on my new rods...only 6lb...😁😁😁
  32. 10 points
    emmcee

    March catch reports.

    A nice wake up call. 26lb 15oz
  33. 10 points
    nigewoodcock

    January catch reports

    Went out for a few hours this morning. The lake hasn’t done a bite since September 13th so was up against it with the little time I had available. The trip was really just to scratch the itch and get out the house for a bit and take advantage of these double figure temps. Looks like I’ve found their new Winter holding spot after the last area I was catching from had dried up!
  34. 10 points
    Highy

    Your favourite capture

    My Favourite...with my lad on his 1st propper 24hr nighter with me on fathers day.
  35. 10 points
    Just out for a Wednesday night. Not expecting much, hot water bottle at my feet laying in the bag drifting off for a nice early night and I get the tell tale beep beep of a bream bite. Ignore it for a few minutes hoping it’ll drop off and then this happens....
  36. 10 points
    Part 2..... So I show up about 2 pm. I'm convinced I know where the carp are after my first session so I head directly to the general area. The lake is quiet and despite my first choice swim being taken I have the choice of 3 others that have access to the general area. I sit and watch and can see the carp are active. I see fish in all three free swims - more so in one than the others (my bogey swim) but they're showing so close in I know I'd spook them out just setting up so I write that swim off. Of maybe 6 shows in total the biggest two are in front of a swim I know very well and the shows were right on the spot I like to fish. I put a rod together and chuck a lead out.... BANG.... it's hard like concrete, as clean as it's been all year, so I make my mind up to fish here. I take my time setting up, getting everything right, wrapped up with fresh rigs all round. I spod a load of bait to my spot, at least 4 kg, and sit back to let it rest. The fish are still showing in my bogey swim, not 10 yards out from the margin, so I hatch a plan. I pop round to the swim and have a lead about. I aint fished it this year as I can't seem to catch carp from it, hence I don't know what it's like out there. I map the swim for future reference and a by-product of this is that the carp are pushed out...... towards my swim.... sneaky! I get round to my swim and figure it's time to get the rods out. I cast them all to the same spot with maybe a yard between each hookbait. The spot has been rested for a while so I'm hoping for action sooner rather than later. Less than 2 minutes after they've been cast I start getting the odd bleep on all 3 rods. I figure it's the line settling so ignore it but it carries on. I get up and check the bobbins and there's no doubt, I'm getting liners on all of the rods! I look over at the spot and see two tenchy shows so start to worry I'm getting cleaned out by the tench. Ten minutes later I get a liner so savage on the right hand rod that I reckon I've been done by something. I hold back from recasting as it's clear there's something out there going crazy on my spot. I'm glad I waited as another 5 minutes passes and the right hand rod is away...... So I play and land this carp with the poor bloke next door, that's been there for two nights without action, looking on in disbelief lol. I know the fish, it's one I had a few weeks back that I put back without weighing thinking it was a scraper 20. Now in daylight I can see it's much bigger than that so I weigh it at 28 lb 4 oz (doh) and get some proper pukka photos (much better then my previous midnight blurry self takes lol). I put her back and get the rod back out. I top the spot up with 7 spods. What a start.... an upper twenty less than half hour after getting the rods out! I'm now rather excited for the 3 nights ahead! I sit back and chill for a bit. The liners have stopped but I'm very confident I'm in the right place and expect them to be back. The sun goes down and I go to bed. At 11pm the middle rod rips off and I'm into the waders to play what feels like a big fish. It rucks, and takes the other rods out, but ditches the lines allowing me to land it without too many problems. It's a biggun, a very broad common, and if it had the girth to go with it I'd expect it to be 35+. It's clearly still a little spawned out however and it sounds about right when I weigh it at 32.02. It's a lovely dark colour and I get some lovely shots before placing her back and sorting all 3 rods out. After all the commotion I'm expecting it to be a while before the next bite. Back to bed. 3am and the left hand rod rips off. I'm on it in a shot and find myself wiping the sleep from my eyes as I play this carp around my swim. A spirited fight, I eventually land what looks to be a low 20, and a minter at that. It's a linear, in tip top condition, absolutely banging fish. With the fish resting in the net I set up my self take kit and do some practise shots to get them perfect. I then weigh the fish at 21.12 and get the photos done. Pukka. I get the rods out and the rest of the night passes without action. I reckon I've been cleaned out. The wind really picks up the next morning, so much that baiting accurately is not an option, so I sit it out in hope more than anything. By 1 pm I'm bored so bring the rods in and go to the shop to stock up and bits and pieces i.e. beer lol. By the time I'm back and gone for a wander round the pit the wind is dropping so I take the chance to fill my spot in again. This time I put maybe 5 or 6 kg out, I don't want to get cleaned out again. I rest the swim, as before, and get the rods out late afternoon. Sun goes down and I'm chilling, almost ready for bed tbf, when at 9ish...... Bleeeeeeeeeeeep....... So this carp runs me proper ragged, it's all over the show, back and forth, it's razzing around like a little stocky would, but it has the weight to back it up. It takes a long time to land it, every time I get it near the surface it powers off again and I get worried about the hook hold. Eventually I net it and see straight away why the fight was so brutal. It's a fish that is very well known as a fighter, it's tail is monstrous, literally 12 odd inches from lobe to lobe, a proper rudder if ever I saw one. The fish is big, a sparsely scaled mirror which is clearly carrying a bit of weight, broad and solid like a barrel. I grab matey from next door to give me a hand with this one. The fish is weighed at 34 lb 12 oz, a best weight for that fish as far as I'm aware, and a new one for me. I get some great photos and put it back, absolutely buzzing! Rods sorted, off to bed. I get woken in the early hours for a tench which is not fun. I get the rod back out and back to bed. At about 05:30 I get the proper take I've been waiting for and have another battle with another big carp. In the net i recognise it, I did photos of this fish for a pal just after spawning. It's instantly recognisable as one of it's eyes is absolutely massive.... big and bulbous and bright yellow lol, what an odd deformity. It's an orangey-gold common and I'm sure it has a little ghosty in it. A very pretty fish (apart from it's bulging eye!!), it's weighed at 32 lb on the dot and we do pics as the sun comes up. What a great session so far. Rod goes back out, on goes the kettle. By 9am I'm on my millionth cup of tea and feeling smug with my session when the middle rod goes. It's nice to have one in daylight so i take my time playing what turns out to be a stocky common of 18 lb+. Get some shots and put it back, what a lovely morning capture. As the wind picks up again I realise all three rods have done a carp on both my fist two nights. I sit it out until late in the day hoping the increase in baiting levels will extend my chances through the day. At 2pm the left hand rod rips off but by the time I've got my waders on it's dropped back. I hit it but there's nothing there, the lead's gone, I've been done. Gutted. In come the rods and I disappear, time for a KFC and a wander around the pit. It's late by the time the wind has calmed enough to bait accurately and I'm spodding well into dark. I'm a little gutted at this as I'd had bites around this time the previous two nights. Still, I need to get it out somehow, so I just go for it and fill it in even more this time...... nearly 10kg I put out lol!! I'm knackered by the time I'm done so have an early night. I have to say the night ahead is not fun...... 11 pm and I have a tench that wipes out all 3 rods. Nightmare. I get them back out as best I can. 1 am and I have a tench that wipes out all 3 rods. Nightmare. I get them back out as best I can. 4 am and I have a tench that wipes out all 3 rods. Nightmare. I get them back out as best I can. At 5am I'm just dozing off again when my mate shows up after a night shift. He pops his head round the bivvy for a chat so I'm blabbing away telling him about my awful night when the middle rod absolutely screams off.......... defo not a tench! I hit it and it feels mega heavy, using its weight to hold bottom, and it takes me ages to land it. As it gets closer to the net I see it's a common and start getting excited that it might be one of my target fish, it's really wide across the shoulders. In the net I realise it's not, but I do know the fish, another new one fro me, and I'm well happy. It starts to rain heavily so I rest it in the net until it slows a little then do the do as quick as possible. The fish weighs 33 lb 12 oz, a proper golden chunk of a common, and the photos come out awesome. Nothing happens for the rest of the morning so I start to pack up. I've had a brilliant time and certainly made up for the nightmare that was the first 3 night session. The two sessions together have seen my land a double, 2 x twenties, an incredible 5 x 30s, and the big mirror at 43+. I cannot complain about that and although I didn't get one of my target fish, the big commons (which ultimately were what I was after for those 2 sessions), I go home happy. As I write the big commons still haven't put in an appearance so there is a chance for me yet!!!!!
  37. 10 points
    Mullet2901

    August catch reports.....

    18.06 common I managed to stalk on stinky single after my last frustrating session at the syndicate
  38. 9 points
    Old school

    May catches

    Thanks finchey, things got even better a few hours later 22.5 common new PB too
  39. 9 points
    Old school

    May catches

    Been a long time coming, first fish of the year!!
  40. 9 points
    chillfactor

    Thought of the Day pt.2

    Cheers mate .... always nice when it pays off . Hope it will do me some more now , as I don't think the common was the unit that crashed out .
  41. 9 points
    chillfactor

    March catch reports.

    Cheers mate .... your chuckle at this, I had a text off my mate at the other end of the lake , I can make him out just about from where I am . Any way .... he's only gone & caught the lake record at a new weight of 74 + . I'm like straight up ???? He's like yeah shaking mate absolutely buzzing . " Jesus mate I'm reeling in I'll be round asap " I could see he was being busy in his swim getting things sorted etc . My hearts pounding by this point . Anyway he's obviously watching me through the bins as as I go to reel in the phone goes... " April fools "
  42. 9 points
    muftyboy

    January catch reports

    Was on my way home from work today when I got a call from a mate who was down the lake so I popped down to see him for an hour. I cheekily asked if he had a spare rod to which he obliged. Flicked it out and 5 mins later had this little beauty.
  43. 9 points
  44. 9 points
    leggs007

    October Catch Reports

    Short notice trip to churn pool
  45. 9 points
    phil dalts

    Rod Shots

    Ello lads!
  46. 9 points
    This little guy may not compare to the monster posted by greekskii before me, but getting him out of such a low stock difficult water on a 24 hour session yesterday in very adverse weather conditions had me over the moon. I’m starting to believe what my lass keeps telling me... size doesn’t matter!! 😉😁
  47. 9 points
    smufter

    August catch reports.....

    Be as shame not to!! 20lb Mirror.
  48. 9 points
    yonny

    August catch reports.....

    Well my syndi session this weekend can only be described as BANGING although not without its ups and downs. It's gonna be a long report so I apologise in advance..... I saw the mental carpy conditions coming in last week so spoke to my boss and managed to get Friday off again. Arrived on Thursday afternoon and spent 2 hours searching high and low for carp in the areas I expected them to be. Not a bean. Decided to have a mooch round the other end of the pit and eventually found some carp in front of the only occupied swim on the lake..... typical. Went on another wander until finally I found some carp in a swim I've not fished for a long, long time. The odd fizzer was appearing around 60 yards out. Closer inspection saw a couple of carp roll ever so gently over the fizzing. That'll do me. Off to get my gear. I set up and as I'm doing so I see more and more fizzing. I launch a rod well to the right of this fizzing just to get the distance, then clip all 3 rods up to that distance. Plop, plop, plop, all three rods on singles, one either side of the fizzing and one bang on top of it. I sit there drinking tea and the fizzing continues, the odd roll now and again. Two, three hours go past and no take........ they are feeding on something, no idea what, but it will soon be my bait I decide as I put the spod rod together and mix up a 5kg bucket of bait. I know it could be the kiss of death but I have to bait somehow so I think 'screw it' and fill it in. I recast all three rods ready for the night ahead and put the kettle on again. Two on hinge rigs and one on a ronnie (the spot feels quite clean so I wanted one pop up a little lower to see if it made a difference). The fizzing stopped, as I expected tbf, but they've only moved maybe 10 or 20 yards. The fizzing starts up again and slowly over the course of an hour comes back to my area. As the sun goes down I am looking at the spot knowing full well that either I am going to completely have it off tonight, or they're on naturals and I'll get nowt. Luckily it was the former...... I go to bed at 11pm and snooze for an hour until the first rod goes at midnight. I hit it, and feel the fish on the end for a couple of seconds before it falls off. [censored]. Losses on my hinge rigs are rare but I can't win them all. Wrap it up, fresh rig, back on the spot, back to bed. About an hour later and the ronnie rod goes, into the waders and out to play... big fight in the dark, nice ploddy fish, feels like a good'n. Well happy when I lift the net around a lump with big scattered scales over the rear of its flanks. I recognise it, one I wanted, and at 31 lb it's a brilliant start I think to myself. Wrap it up, fresh rig, back on the spot, self takes of the kipper, back to bed. Another hour or so and one of the hinge rig rods goes.... hit it and play what feels like a very big fish for 5 minutes until it nears the bank and....... it falls off. Now I'm starting to worry about the hinge rigs. I put a ronnie on this one, wrap it up, back on the spot, back to bed. Like clockwork, an hour later and the ronnie rod goes again. The fight is over quickly, a little common, maybe 15 lb odd, don't weigh it. Wrap it up, fresh rig, back on the spot, self takes of the kipper, spod another kilo out, back to bed. 4 am and the final hinge rig goes. This one feels massive, using its weight, typical big fish fight. I play this one for maybe 10 minutes and I'm starting to think I'm into one of the real bigguns as it gets closer to the bank. I think it’s tiring as I begin to apply more pressure to get this fish beaten. The fish then starts kiting left and right very erratically, it goes through both my other lines and all of a sudden I’m in a bit of trouble. I’m trying to thread my rod through these other lines but it’s not working in the black dark. Both other rod tips lift off the alarms and end up in the water. Then one of lines manages to get wrapped around the tip ring of the rod I’m playing. Not good. I get back to the bank with the fish still pulling, put the rod down and tend to the tip. I manage to free the line, pick up the rod, pull hard and…… it’s gone. GUTTED. I redo all three rods and get to bed for 5am having had no sleep all night. I get up at 8am having had 3 hours kip. I’m in a funny old mood, ecstatic to have had 5 takes in a night, mortally wounded to have lost 3 of them. I tie up a bunch of ronnie rigs, all 3 losses came to the hinges, the 2 landed came on ronnies. Coincidence, maybe, but it’s told me all I need to know. I sit it out until 11 am, the fizzing is gone, the spot is done. Time for a wander. Several hours later I’m sitting next to this little snag tree on the other side of the lake watching plumes of fizzing again. It’s going off down there but I’m not sure if I can fish this spot. It’s next to a pump that’s making a right racket, like fishing on a building site. It’s also a very small area and I’m thinking I’ll spook them just getting rods out. I decide to go and grab a rod to have a lead about here. It’s normally very dirty down there so I need to check. I’m also thinking it’s a good test to see if they spook. I have several chucks around this snag tree and it’s more than presentable, they’ve clearly cleaned it off with all this feeding. I put the rod down and wait to see if they’ve gone. Less than 5 minutes later and they’re fizzing all over and 2 carp have head-n-shouldered on the edge of the tree. Off to get may gear. Typically just as I get the brolly down an absolutely mental storm hits. Thunder, lightning, untold rain, me and my gear get completely soaked and battered, it’s not a nice move but I just picture that fizzing in my head to get through it. Once I make it to the new swim I get the brolly up and it stops raining. You couldn’t make it up….. The fizzing is still there. I set just two rods up, the area aint big enough for 3. I flick one on the tree and one just off it. Easy baiting by catty – 3 pouches of boilie and 3 of pellet over each hookbait. I sit and watch and very quickly I can see there’s a ‘spot within a spot’ that I need to be on based on the fizzing. I recast the one on the tree a yard further to the right – it lands bang on. I sit down next to the rods and start to roll a Fag, I don’t finish it. The recast rod absolutely rips off. I hit it quickly and enjoy a lovely fight at close quarters. It’s explosive stuff I tell you, up and down the margin, it’s a lovely fully scaled mirror looking awesome as it darts back and forth, nothing big but clearly a real minter. I net it and look over at the spot, it’s still fizzing! I set up another net and start to attach a new rig to the rod for a recast but before I know it the rod is launched in a bush as the other one is ripping off! This one’s even more explosive and I see why as this fish is ploughing up and down – it’s a fish I know very, very well, it was my original target fish, the one I caught in October ’16. It is in my opinion the prettiest carp in the Nene Valley and it looks incredible during this battle. Before I’ve even netted it I’m starting to feel a bit bad as I have at least 3 mates with this fish as their number 1 target. I’m dreading telling them I’ve had it again. Anyway, the fish goes in the net and it’s happy days. I get the rods back out and I do the photos of these two fish. The fully goes 19 lb, a real cracker, one for the future. The special’n goes 33 lb which is a decent weight after spawning. As the afternoon draws on the fizzing slows down and the carp appear to move out to a more central area. There’s still a couple about so I’m staying put for the night. I’m happy with another 2 takes, they go some way to making up for the losses, but I’m greedy for more… The sun goes down and I’m absolutely knackered after the previous night so I go to bed at maybe 11 pm. Sleep is difficult next to this God awful pump making such a racket. 1am and I’m away again, this is turning into a red latter session. Another explosive fight and I land a small sparsely scaled stocky. A very pretty fish, maybe 18 lb odd, I don’t weigh it but do a couple of self takes. Wrap it up, fresh rig, back on the spot, back to bed. 2:30am and another rod goes….. jeez……. another fantastic battle, this time a sprightly 22 lb mirror with big apple slice scales either side of its dorsal. It’s another minter and I’m buzzing, although I think sleep deprivation has something to do with that lol. Wrap it up, fresh rig, back on the spot, self takes of the kipper, baited up, back to bed. I finally get some proper sleep from about 3/4am. 7am and I’m up and about, I’m surprised I’ve not had another take tbh…. But I stand at the front of the swim yawning and within 10 seconds I know they’ve done the off. It looks dead as dead can be. Devoid of all life. I sit it out drinking tea until 9am then can wait no longer…. Time for a wander. This time I struggle to find anything. The sun has come out big time, it’s quite hot. Shorts and T-shirt are order of the day and I spend hours walking the lake. I see the odd couple of fish milling about on top but nothing worth a move. I visit the other anglers on the lake, sit chatting, having a laugh. I go to the shop. I get back and have a beer with a close mate. About 5pm we have big dark clouds approaching and the wind is picking up – just what I need to find what I’m looking for. Another couple of hours and it’s clear the stock are all on the end of this big wind. Fizzing, rolling, looking very, very catchable. Problem is, I can’t get near them, it’s stitched up. I think long and hard about what these carp will do next. I check the weather and there’s a slight change in the wind about midnight. Not much, but if it does what I expect it will, I know where they’ll go. I fetch the gear (in another thunder storm!!!!!), get soaked, and set up in a swim which at this point is devoid of fish. I spread the rods out and bait generously. Conditions are awesome and I’m well jealous of the guys on the fish but hey…. I can’t grumble myself either having had so much action. I go to bed early, still knackered, and sleep soundly for once. I get up at 7am, no action but I still have a few hours left. I make a cup of tea and sit at the front of my swim. Its dark with clouds, big winds pushing in to me, and I’m thinking this can still happen. I start seeing the odd carp off the back of me and all of a sudden I’m feeling quite pleased with myself for guessing right and possibly making something out of nothing. I see a few more and they’re swinging over to my right hand spot. I’m now seeing lots, I get a liner on my right hand rod, and I know I must be looking smug as hell with this big cheesy grin on my face. 10am…. And off it goes! The fight is mental. I’m in the waders, out in the pond, the wind and rain are stinging my face, the fish is pulling like hell. I’m ready for home after 3 nights but I really want to land this fish. It kites round to my right towards a snag tree and I have to really give it some stick to keep it out. Luckily I turn it at the last second and it’s back in front. I’m pretty sure it’s a good’n and so it proves as I push the net under another of the big scaley mirrors, another off my wanted list, and I’m happy as a pig in you-know-what. It looks absolutely fantastic in the net, right up there with some of the best fish I’ve ever caught, big scattered scales, lovely dark back and a creamy belly. I call my mate who’s packing up, he comes round to help out. As I lift the fish out I can tell it’s heavily spawned out, nowhere near the weight I expected, but when it pulls the scales round to 28 lb I can’t moan. The pics of this one come out fantastic and I decide this is my favourite carp of the trip. I get some water shots of this bad-boy, it’s a minter, a real gem of the Nene Valley, I’m over the moon. As I’m packing up I reflect on my session. My first season on this water I had a total of 7 takes, this is about average for most guys on here in fact. This trip alone I’ve had 10 takes (!) and landed 7 of them. I’m gutted I lost 3, obviously, but feel I made up for them. I fished 3 swims and caught from them all which I’m particularly happy with too. My last few sessions have been great and I’m starting to feel like those big old commons aint too far away from ending up in my net. I’ll be back on the work overnighters now as I really feel it’s coming together and I need to make the most of any opportunities. Hopefully it’ll not be too long before I have something else to report. Anyway, told you it would be a long report…. Banging session. Happy days.
  49. 9 points
    B.C.

    Thought of the Day pt.2

    Raise a glass today lads..... Rod Hutchinson is laid to rest today...… " Legend" is a much over used word these days, but I think it's highly appropriate in his case...… R.I.P.
  50. 9 points
    muftyboy

    July Catch Reports

    Had 3 so far tonight. All off the top. Gonna give it another hour then home for some sleep before work.


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